Stats and Superlatives: Teddy Bridgewater has record first half

TEAM STATS

  • The Panthers totaled 437 net yards and have topped 400 yards three times in the first five games of the season. Dating back to 2013, Carolina has averaged just 3.6 400-yard games per season.
  • Carolina's red zone defense held up strong, forcing a field goal and making an interception in Atlanta's two trips inside the 20. The Panthers had surrendered touchdowns on 76.9 red zone drives before Sunday.
  • Running back Mike Davis led the Panthers with nine catches. A running back has led the Panthers in receptions in each of the last seven games against Atlanta, dating back to 2016.
  • Carolina did not allow a sack for the second-consecutive game. It marks the first time since 2011 (Weeks 3-4) that the Panthers haven't allowed a sack in back-to-back games.
  • One week after committing 10 penalties and throwing a first-half interception, the Panthers only had four penalties and did not turn the ball over.
  • The Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak against the Falcons and won in Atlanta for the first time since 2014.

PLAYER STATS

Panthers

  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 261 yards in the first half before finishing with 313 passing yards and two touchdowns. His 261 yards in the first half were the second-most behind Steve Beuerlein (293 vs. 49ers, 2000) for most in a first half in team history.
  • Davis had a career-high 149 scrimmage yards (89 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards). Through the early afternoon games, Davis has an NFL-best 351 scrimmage yards from Weeks 3-5.
  • Wide receiver Curtis Samuel converted four third downs with three receptions for 32 yards and a rush for 17 yards. From Weeks 3-5, Samuel has an NFL-high eight receptions on third down for 112 yards.
  • Wide receiver Robby Anderson posted his third 100-yard receiving game as a Panther, finishing with 112 yards on eight catches. After Sunday's early games, Anderson ranks second in the NFL with 489 receiving yards and his 36 receptions are a franchise record through five games.
  • Wide receiver DJ Moore scored a 57-yard touchdown in the first half, marking his fourth TD catch of 50-plus yards in his career.
  • Linebacker Shaq Thompson led the team with 10 tackles, while safety Jeremy Chinn had nine. The duo both rank in the top 10 in the NFL in tackles, one of two NFL duos in the top 10.
  • Defensive end Brian Burns posted his second strip-sack in the last three games, while the Panthers have now had strip-sacks in three straight games.
  • Defensive end Marquis Haynes picked up his second sack in his past three games. Haynes had just one sack in his first two seasons.
  • Safety Juston Burris had his first interception as a Panther and fifth of his career.

Falcons

  • Running back Todd Gurley rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown. Carolina has allowed a 100-yard Falcons rusher three times in the last five meetings.

View photos from the Carolina-Atlanta game in Week 5 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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